Nervous in the Ranks: Luxury Brands See Weakness in Japan

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Japan, long an El Dorado for luxury goods firms, is becoming more of a worrying slog.

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Luxury Brands See Weakness in Japan

Japan, long an El Dorado for luxury goods firms, is becoming more of a worrying slog.

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